Circle’s Jerod Hromek already had put together a record-setting year for Circle’s boys bowling team. Now he can add one more notch to his resume.
A state championship.
Hromek came one pin strike away from a perfect 300 in the middle game of Friday’s Class 5-1A state meet at Northrock Lanes. Hromek put together games of 247, 289 and 237 for a series of 773 to win the individual state title. Hromek beat out second-place Ryan Franzen of Sacred Heart by 32 pins.
Circle’s boys team made a huge push in the final game to try and catch Goddard-Eisenhower for the team title. The Thunderbirds came a mere five pins short as they finished with a team score of 2744 to take second place. Eisenhower scored 2749.
Jalob Cockrum bowled a 723 series for the T-birds to take fourth palce. Tony Treweeke bowled a 617 for 24th, Colton Carvell bowled a 589, Cady Liby a 571 and Sila Blaha a 541 series for Circle.
In girls action, the Andover Central Jaguars took second place with a team score of 2424, just 19 pins behind McPherson’s first-place performance of a 2443 pinfall.
The Jaguars were led by Keri Ladigo, who took 8th in the individual standings with a series of 633. Tristen Hall took 11th with a 627 series. Heather James bowled a 584 series, Natalie Howarter a 512 series, Madison Clark a 512 series and Caley Wheeler a 367 for Central.
El Dorado’s girls took fifth place as a team with a score of 2248. The Wildcats were led by freshman Mariah Hart, who placed in the Top 20 to earn a medal at 19th palce. Chelsey Harber was 23rd with a 573 series for the Wildcats.
Augusta’s two senior individual qualifiers didn’t bowl their best stuff. Andrew Orocio put together a respectable 611 series for 27th place. He was consistent all day with games of 207, 202 and 202.
Bethany Watson struggled in the middle game and finished with games of 184, 163 and 205 for a 552 series, which placed her 31st overall.